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Cathy (not her real name) is a frequent guest blogger on this site. Cathy has benefited from many forms of therapy in her search for the treatment that will finally eradicate her trauma symptoms resulting from child sexual abuse. She has come a long way and has benefited from many different types of treatment (Cathy has shared her findings with us on this site). To her disappointment, however, the terror rushing through her organism has not abated (fear being the dominant emotion of childhood trauma). Now Cathy is setting out to deal with this final wounding from her early abuse.

She has chosen Neurofeedback as her treatment of choice. She tells me that author Bessel van der Kolk, MD devotes a whole chapter to Neurofeedback in his recent book, The Body Keeps Score. Brain, Mind and Body Healing of Trauma (2014).

Cathy writes:

Neurofeedback involves passing electrodes which are connected to a laptop computer into the client’s skull and earlobes to measure their brainwave patterns. The computer is able to detect, record and display brain wave patterns for each area of the brain being monitored. Once the patient’s brain waves have been comprehensively assessed, they are then presented with a visual stimulus (usually a movie or sitcom DVD with altered subliminal flashing background lighting) to view regularly to assist them in the process of rewiring their brain wave patterns back to more optimal and natural levels.

As Cathy enters this new phase of her healing, her Neurofeedback practitioner has advised her to connect with a talk therapist, since her lowered fear rate will allow for new memories to surface.

I look forward to following Cathy on her new venture and I invite you to join me here on this website to cheer her on and to learn from her new venture in Neurofeedback.

2 comments

  1. Brenda says:

    I have been having neurofeedback treatments since December. The first things that improved for me were better sleep and no longer waking up in the middle of the night being terrified and unable to go back to sleep. We have been working on stabilizing and calming the amygdala, and are now getting ready to start the protocols where memories and feelings can resurface. Cathy’s practitioner is right; you need to have a good trauma therapist for this part of the process. There are 2 books that I would recommend for anyone interested in neurofeedback: 1) Biofeedback for the Brain by Paul Swingle. After trying other approaches, I like him the best (and there are a number of different ‘schools’ of neurofeedback). Dr. Swingle has a clinic in Vancouver. 2) A Symphony in the Brain by Jim Robbins. Written by a journalist, it is a good overview of the whole history and different ‘schools’ of neurofeedback.

    I am so glad that Cathy has found neurofeedback and I am sure she will benefit from it. Of all the things I have tried, I have gotten the most benefit from neurofeedback.

    • Hi Brenda: Thanks for your caring support for Cathy and others who are looking for a way to clear the organism of its traumatic fear. Cathy has just recommendeded a book on neurofeedback. I’ll post it too, so readers have a few to choose from.

      I’m so glad you’re sleep is improved. We really need good sleep to deal with the healing process. Also, there’s evidence that healing happens particularly during sleep.

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